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  1. For the second day in a row, Ali Imsirovic stood tall at the end of a Poker Masters event as champion and now finds himself in control of the race for the Purple Jacket. Imsirovic beat Koray Aldemir heads-up on Thursday night to win Event #6 ($50,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $799,000. On Wednesday night, Imsirovic beat Ben Yu to win Event #5 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $462,000. “I don’t know how to put this into words, this is surreal,” Imsirovic said. “I’ve dreamt about winning the Poker Masters Purple Jacket, but I never thought this would be possible. Right now I don’t want to think about it, because I don’t want to be let down too much if I don’t end up winning it.” The final table began with Imsirovic holding just over half the chips in play and Aldemir, Jake Schindler, Seth Davies, Justin Bonomo, and Sam Soverel all chasing him. It took an hour for the first elimination to go down and unsurprisingly, it was Imsirovic doing the work. From the cutoff, Imsirovic raised to 50,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"] and called off his last 15,000 from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop was a safe one for Bonomo, but the [poker card="jd"] turn put Imsirovic ahead. Bonomo didn't improve on the [poker card="as"] river and was eliminated in sixth place for $141,000. That cash put Bonomo's 2018 earnings past the $25,000,000 mark. Seven hands later, another player was sent to the rail and once again it was at the hands of Imsirovic. From UTG, Imsirovic raised to 70,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] before Soverel moved all in for 225,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Imsirovic called and then watched the board run out [poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and bust Soverel in fifth for $188,000. Imsirovic continued to push the action and ten hands later, he busted yet another player. Action folded to Imsirovic in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"] and Schindler called form the big blind with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"] flop put Imsirovic ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="8h"] river and [poker card="ac"] turn to eliminate Schindler in fourth for $235,000. Four hands after Schindler exited, so did Davies. Aldemir folded the button, Imsirovic limped from the small blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] and Davies responded by raising to 110,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] and Imsirovic checked. Davies bet 155,000 and Imsirovic moved all in and Davies called with his tournament at risk. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river was the [poker card="qs"] to bust Davies in third for $352,500. Heads up play began with Imsirovic holding a 2.5-1 lead over Aldemir. The final two played heads up for over three hours with Aldemir eventually battling all the way back to take the chip lead. Imsirovic quickly retook it and soon after picked up his fifth elimination to win his second Poker Masters event in as many days. The final hand saw Aldemir move all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] and Imsirovic called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop kept Aldemir's hopes alive but the [poker card="qs"] on the turn ended all the drama and the tournament, leaving Aldemir collecting $517,000 while Imsirovic picked up $799,000. Final Table Payouts Ali Imsirovic - $799,000 Koray Aldemir - $517,000 Seth Davies - $352,500 Jake Schindler - $235,000 Sam Soverel - $188,000 Justin Bonomo - $141,000 Bryn Kenney - $117,500 The win also earned Ismirovic 300 points towards the Purple Jacket race and propelled him past Brandon Adams for the lead. Along with his two victories, Ismirovic also has an eighth place finish from Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold'em) and now lead Brandon Adams by 150 points. Purple Jacket Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points Brandon Adams - 510 Isaac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Ben Yu - 360 Keith Lehr - 300 David Peters - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Jason Koon - 240 Koray Aldemir - 210 The only event left on the Poker Masters schedule is the $100,000 Main Event which began Thursday evening.
  2. It's going a very high roller holiday season as Poker Central has announced that the return of the Super High Roller Bowl will be sooner than expected. The fifth edition of one of the most prestigious high roller tournaments of the year now takes place from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The change to hold the newly dubbed Super High Roller Bowl V during the holiday season is a break of recent tradition for Poker Central. Over the past three years, the SHRB was played in late May, acting as an appetite-whetter for the World Series of Poker. Many expected the next tournament to be held at the same time in 2019. The move to December now takes advantage of the popular World Poker Tour Five Diamond schedule while simultaneously closing out the high roller circuit year with its biggest event. The upcoming December event will have many of the same specifics as the previous event held just six months ago. The $300,000 rake-free buy-in will generate a $14,400,000 prize pool with a $5 million first-place prize and championship ring for the winner. With a 48 seat cap, players who wish to have a shot at a seat need to place their $30,000 deposit by Monday, November 26. For those that do put down a deposit, there will be a live-streamed lottery on PokerGO to award players a seat into the tournament. The ARIA reserves eighteen of the 48 seats for ARIA VIP guests. Tournament officials will hand out these seats at their discretion. The five remaining seats are awarded to the top five players in Aria’s 2018 High Roller of the Year rankings. The current points system will be in place right up until the lottery for Super High Roller Bowl V. Currently the five players with the most points include Poker Central founder Cary Katz, Sam Soverel, Jake Schindler, David Peters, and Isaac Haxton. Poker Masters Champion Ali Imsirovic sits just outside the top five in sixth place with regular high rollers Adrian Mateos and Dan Smith not far behind. According to the Poker Central website, there are currently seven more opportunities for the high roller community to accumulate points. High roller events are taking place every day from October 31-November 6. “In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the pinnacle of the High Roller Triple Crown,” said Vice President of Content for Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.” It just six months ago that Justin Bonomo won the previous Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million. The win was a significant contribution to Bonomo ascending to become the new leader of the All-Time Money List. He currently sits with over $43 million in career earnings. Daniel Negreanu finished as the 2018 runner-up, taking home $3 million for his efforts. The PokerGO platform will stream all of the Super High Roller Bowl. Additionally, the NBC Sports Network will air episodes on their website and the NBC Sports App. Super High Roller Bowl History Year Entries Winner Amount Won Prize Pool 2015 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 $21,500,000 2016 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 $15,000,000 2017 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 $16,800,000 2018 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 $14,400,000
  3. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  4. "I need to win one of these now." Those were the words from Ben Heath in an interview at the beginning of May following his fourth-place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo €50,000 High Roller. At the time, the €298,240 ($333,013) he won for that result was the second largest in his live poker career and his comment was referencing that he's been close in big events and it's time to finally break through. Well, he got that breakthrough when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker $50,000 High Roller for a career-best $1.484 million. "The first three days I think I played really well, a few mistakes," Heath said in the moments after the win. "Today, definitely one or two mistakes but it just happens, I guess. Overall, I’m very happy. Compared to the last four years of my career, there’s a lot fewer mistakes than I’m used to." Coming into the final table, Heath had the chip lead with a stack of 7.63 million. He was only slightly ahead of Sam Soverel, but with Heath’s demeanor, you’d never know one way or another if his emotions were getting the best of him. Heath is a very centered and calm player, but even though he couldn’t fight off the smile the beamed from his face as he described how he felt at the final table. "I wasn’t sure at the start, because I had the exact same chips as Sam,” Heath said. “Then, I think at around one point I had around 16 million and dipped to 8 million four-handed and it was kind of tough to feel like it’s not slipping then. But then it just turned back around." He admitted to only having slept two and a half hours the night before and that he hadn’t slept much all tournament. The young Brit couldn’t pin the reason on jet lag, though, as he mentioned he was only coming over to Las Vegas from Montreal and not all the way across the pond. Armed with adrenaline and coffee and forced to play under the bright lights of the Amazon Room feature table that could keep anyone awake, Heath powered through and found his way to the winner’s circle. "I think it’s mainly the tournament," Heath said of his lack of sleep. "I only came from Montreal and I was surprised there was any jet lag, but there was for three days. Then, on the third day, when I expected it to end, I remembered from my Aussie Millions run that I only slept three hours the night before. I think I’m just not good at sleeping. I just had a lot of coffee today and probably won’t sleep for a while now." Not only did Heath have to fight off a lack of sleep, but he had to do it against some very tough competition. Andrew Lichtenberger was the player Heath had to defeat in heads-up play, and the final six also included the aforementioned Soverel along with Dmitry Yurasov, Nick Petrangelo, and Chance Kornuth. Heath's five opponents in the final six have more than $46 million in live tournament earnings Back in 2017, Heath took second in the Aussie Millions Main Event for a score of A$1 million ($755,229). Up until now, that score was the largest of his live tournament career. It's now taken a back seat to this mammoth gold bracelet victory. After he finished his post-win photos and interviews, Heath jumped in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and bagged a stack for Day 2. No sleep, no problem.
  5. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.
  6. The World Series of Poker bracelet train keeps on rolling, even as the Main Event dominates the attention of the poker world. Six more bracelet events were in action on Wednesday, with just one of them playing down to a champion. Through all of that, the WSOP Player of the Year has a new leader who is actually the old leader. High Roller Newcomer Danny Tang Ships $50K Final Fifty The $50,000 buy-in Final Fifty event was designed for a particular subset of the poker world: the high roller regular. Danny Tang wanted no part of that narrative, however. Tang overcame a final table that included Brandon Adams, Sam Soverel, Adrian Mateos, and Ali Imsirovic to win $1,608,406 and the first bracelet of his career. It's not his first big score though. In May he finished runner-up to Bryn Kenney in the Triton Poker Main Event in Montenegro. Tang says playing events with a buy-in this high is only possible because of the people who believe in him. “After I graduated and decided to turn pro I moved back to Asia and met a load of good people. People who trusted me, people who were willing to invest in me, buy pieces – their support was just unreal," Tang said after his win. “Without them investing, I would never have had the opportunity to move up in stakes eventually and play this tournament.” Tang will look to continue his high roller hot streak in the $100,000 Super High Roller event that begins Thursday. Soverel finished runner-up for $994,072 to pair with his third-place finish in the $50,000 high roller event in the first week of the WSOP. Australian Michael Addamo finished third for $697,375. Final Table Payouts Danny Tang - $1,608,406 Sam Soverel - $994,072 Michael Addamo - $697,375 Brandon Adams - $500,282 Adrian Mateos - $367,186 Keith Tilston - $275,874 Ali Imsirovic - $212,292 Seth Davies - $167,420 Mike Dentale Leads Little One for One Drop Just 48 players remain from a field of 6,248 in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and Mike Dentale sits atop the chip counts. Dentale started the day with 628,000 and turned that into 13,400,000 as 364 players were sent packing on Wednesday. Pierre-Paul Paulin finished with the second biggest stack after turning 865,000 into 11,285,000. Zachary Donovan is right behind him with 11,130,000. Former #1-ranked online poker player Michael Wasserman ended up in the top 10 with 8,715,000. Shaun Deeb, who started Day 3 with the chip lead was eliminated in 118th place. He added $4,521 to his summer earnings and picked up an additional 248.2 WSOP Player of the Year points. Other notables who busted on Day 3 include Victor Ramdin, Loni Harwood, Mike Sexton, Dara O'Kearney, Lexy Gavin, Ryan Laplante, Felipe Ramos, and Cliff Josephy. Action resumes at 1 PM PT and could play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Mike Dentale - 13,400,000 Pierre-Paul Paulin - 11,285,000 Zachary Donovan - 11,130,000 Jacques Mauron - 10,495,000 James Anderson - 9,565,000 Liran Betito - 9,280,000 Nick Shkolnik - 9,090,000 Michael Wasserman - 8,715,000 Jaime Lewin - 7,700,000 Shalom Elharar - 7,110,000 Former #1 Andras Nemeth Atop $3K No Limit Hold'em Just 14 players stand between Andras Nemeth and a gold bracelet. Nemeth, who has just two WSOP cashes to his credit, finished Day 2 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 2,895,000 and the chip lead. David Gonzalez sits second with 2,135,000 and Jonas Mackoff has 2,125,000. Nemeth isn't the only former #1-ranked PocketFiver still in contention. Patrick Leonard starts the final day the third shortest stack. Dan Zack picked up a small cash but added 53.9 POY points to his total. Zack was multi-tabling on Thursday after bagging stacks in this event and the $1,500 PLO Bounty event. Other notables who cashed include Asher Conniff, Rainer Kempe, Kristen Bicknell, and Justin Bonomo. Play resumes at 2 PM PT and will play down to six players. Final 14 Chip Counts Andras Nemeth - 2,895,000 David Gonzalez - 2,135,000 Jonas Mackoff - 2,125,000 David Dibernardi - 1,050,000 Dennis Brand - 960,000 Ivan Deyra Le Teich - 735,000 Michael Tureniec - 710,000 Guillaume Nolet - 675,000 Karen Sarkisyan - 545,000 Will Givens - 390,000 Allan Berger - 380,000 Patrick Leonard - 310,000 David Weinstein - 295,000 Diego Zeiter - 130,000 Kazuhiko Yotsushika Chasing $1,500 PLO Title Japan's Kazuhiko Yotsushika just might be on the way to winning the first bracelet for his home country after finishing Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event with the only stack greater than 2,000,000. Yotsushika ended with 2,148,000 which put him comfortably ahead of former #1 PocketFiver Joao Simao (1,855,000) and Joseph Liberta (1,371,000). Also among the 42 survivors were Jesse Sylvia, Bryce Yockey, Toby Lewis, Jeff Lisandro, Denis Strebkov, and the shortest stack of all, Daniel Negreanu. Dan Zack also cashed in this event, finishing 44th for $3,553 and 105.4 POY points to take over the WSOP POY lead from Robert Campbell. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 2,148,000 Joao Simao - 1,855,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,371,000 Michael Amato - 1,181,000 Jesse Sylvia - 1,114,000 Qinghai Pan - 1,110,000 Toby Lewis - 1,062,000 Bryce Yockey - 1,003,000 Timothy Chung - 929,000 Joseph Mobley - 836,000 Nikita Luther Leads Day 1 of $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only As part of the celebrations around the 50th annual WSOP, officials added the $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only event to the festivities. Day 1 saw 143 players enter with registration still open until the start of Day 2. Nikita Luther, who won her bracelet in the tag team event in 2018, finished with the best stack out of the 51 Day 1 survivors. Luther ended with 538,500. No other player even cracked the 400,000 mark. New Jersey online poker grinder Michael Gagliano sits second with 354,000. His roommates, Daniel Strelitz and Niall Farrell, were two of the earliest casualties on Thursday. Yuval Bronshtein ended with 277,000 for the third biggest stack. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Nikita Luther - 538,500 Michael Gagliano - 354,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 277,000 Haixia Zhang - 264,500 Blair Hinkle - 259,000 Shankar Pillai - 242,000 Chris Ferguson - 224,500 Ben Ponzio - 224,000 James Mackey - 220,000 Fred Berger - 204,500 Corey Wright Leads $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO A little bit of this and a little bit of that. The $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha event brought out 1,250 runners with just 340 of them making it through 10 levels of play on Day 1. Corey Wright finished with 332,500 to edge out Ramali Kusnadi (298,200) and Chance Kornuth (284,500) for the chip lead. Shaun Deeb continues to chase POY points and ended up with the seventh-best stack on the day. Mike Leah, David 'ODB' Baker, Calvin Anderson, Sylvain Loosli, Brian Hastings, and Kenny Hallaert also moved on to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Corey Wright - 332,500 Ramali Kusnadi - 298,200 Chance Kornuth - 284,500 Pierce Mckellar - 274,100 Shalom Turgeman - 272,400 Robert Mizrachi - 265,400 Shaun Deeb - 257,400 Jerry Odeen - 253,900 Michael Policastro - 253,000 Anderson Ireland - 246,100
  7. The 2019 Poker Masters kicked off this week and the first event is in the books. Winning Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em was Isaac Baron. Baron topped the field of 97 entries to take home $223,100. To win the title, Baron topped a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Soverel, and Scott Blumstein, and he defeated Chance Kornuth in heads-up play. Kornuth earned $164,900 for his runner-up finish. Event 1 Final Table Results 1st: Isaac Baron - $223,100 2nd: Chance Kornuth - $164,900 3rd: Ralph Wong - $116,400 4th: Jeremy Ausmus - $97,000 5th: Sam Soverel - $77,600 6th: Scott Blumstein - $58,200 7th: Dan Shak - $48,500 8th: Thai Ha - $38,800 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Baron entered the final table of eight with the chip lead and it was Pennsylvania poker pro Thai Ha to bust first in eighth place. Ha went out at the hands of Ausmus when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] lost to Ausmus’ [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"] in all-in preflop action. Dan Shak was next to bust, and it was Baron who sent him packing. Ausmus had opened to 120,000 holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"] with the blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante, and Baron reraised to 330,000 with pocket fives. Shak, who was on a severe short stack, then called all in for 75,000 with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"]. Ausmus folded, and it was off to the races for Baron and Shak. No help came for Shak and he was out in seventh place. Although Soverel busted Blumstein in sixth place, he was the next one to bust, and it was once again Baron doing the deed. Baron’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"] held up against Soverel’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Soverel was out fifth. After Ausmus was knocked out in fourth and Ralph Wong in third, both at the hands of Baron, it was time for the heads-up match between Baron and Kornuth. Entering the duel, Baron had 8.415 million in chips to Kornuth’s 1.29 million. The two wasted no time getting the money in, as Baron shoved with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] against Kornuth and his stack of 10 big blinds. Kornuth looked at the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] and made the call. Unfortunately for Kornuth, the board ran out [poker card="Th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kc"] to give Baron the victory. With the win, Baron took the early lead in the race for the overall Poker Masters title with 300 points. The player to earn the most points over the course of the series will be crowned Poker Masters champion and receive a $100,000 bonus plus the trophy purple jacket.
  8. The top of the Spanish all-time money list on The Hendon Mob includes some easily recognizable names. Adrian Mateos, Carlos Mortensen, Sergio Aido, and 2019 PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas occupy the top four positions, but the name now sitting in fifth is rising quickly. Sergi Reixach now has $5,027,636 in lifetime earnings after taking down the Poker Masters $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event on Tuesday for $369,000. He now sits just $184,000 behind Colillas. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] A battle of the blinds played a huge part in the first elimination of the day. Action folded to Reixach in the small blind and he called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2c"]. Sean Winter checked with [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"]. After the [poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop, Reixach check-called Winter's bet of 40,000. After the [poker card="8s"] turn, Reixach check-called again, this time after Winter bet 80,000. The [poker card="8d"] river saw Reixach check for a third time with Winter betting 190,000, leaving himself just 5,000 behind, and Reixach tank-calling with bottom pair to leave Winter short. Winter spent the next 10 hands turning that 5,000 into 210,000 before getting into a sticky spot. From UTG, Winter raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"], Andras Nemeth moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Reixach called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"] and tabled his hand prematurely. Winter was left with a decision for his final 50,000. After using two time banks, Sam Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Soverel in sixth place and Nemeth in fifth. After George Wolff and Orpen Kisacikoglu folded, Soverel moved all-in from the small blind for 390,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] and Reixach called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"] flop gave both players a pair but Soverel wasn't able to move ahead through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river and was eliminated in fourth place. Along with the $102,500 payout, Soverel added 120 points towards the race for the Purple Jacket to pass Chance Kornuth and take over the lead. With Wolff holding the chip lead, Reixach and Kisacikoglu got into an all-in preflop situation that sent the tournament into heads-up play. Reixach called from the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"], Wolff folded his small blind before Kisacikoglu moved all-in for 1,280,000 from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]and Reixach called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop turned the tables on Kisacikoglu and he was unable to get back in front after the [poker card="as"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and was sent home in third. That hand gave Reixach a small lead over Wolff at the start of heads-up play. The pair played for just 20 minutes before Reixach ended the tournament. Wolff called from the small blind with [poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] and Reixach raised to 280,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Wolff called. After the [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop, Reixach bet 160,000 and Wolff moved all in for 1,390,000 and Reixach called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the [poker card="th"] river made Wolff's second place elimination official. Three of Reixach's last four cashes were wins. He previously won the European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller in August and the British Poker Open £25,000 event in September. Final Table Payouts Sergi Reixach - $369,000 George Wolff - $246,000 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $164,000 Sam Soverel - $102,500 Andras Nemeth - $82,000 Sean Winter - $61,500 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 690 Chance Kornuth - 630 George Wolff - 420 Sean Winter - 330 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300
  9. By the time the final day of the 2019 Poker Masters Main Event started, Sam Soverel had already done enough to have locked up the Purple Jacket as the Poker Masters Champion. Having accumulated 830 points through the first nine events, there was nobody at the Main Event final table that could catch him. Then he added an emphatic exclamation point to an incredible 10-day run by winning the $50,000 buy-in Main Event. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Thursday's action began on the money bubble with six players remaining. The reigning and defending Purple Jacket champion, Ali Imsirovic was eliminated by Stephen Chidwick in sixth just 30 minutes into play to put all players in the money. Just 20 mins later, Soverel found his first victim of the night. Seth Davies raised to 55,000 from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] only to have Soverel re-raise to 175,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Davies responded by moving all-in for 545,000 and Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6h"] to eliminate Davies in fifth place. Just over an hour later, a nearly identical hand sent another player home. Chris Hunichen raised to 80,000 from the button wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"], Soverel folded his small blind and Chidwick made it 220,000 from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Hunichen moved all-in and Chidwick called with his tournament on the line. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing for Chidwick and after the [poker card="6d"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river he was out in fourth place. A battle of the blinds all but eliminated Elio Fox. Hunichen folded his button and Soverel raised to 205,000 from the small blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Fox defended the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Fox middle pair but left him trailing Soverel. Soverel checked and Fox checked behind. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Soverel lead out for 425,000 and Fox called. The river was the [poker card="9s"] and Soverel bet 1,500,000 forcing Fox to a decision for his tournament life. After using two time banks, Fox called and was given the bad news. Left with just 40,000, Fox was eliminated by Soverel two hands later. Soverel controlled 83% of the chips in play when heads-up play began. It took him just six hands and 12 minutes to pick up the rest. Soverel moved all-in from the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"] and Hunichen called with [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Soverel top pair and a gutshot straight draw. Hunichen found no relief through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river to give Soverel the Main Event title to go along with his Purple Jacket. All told, Soverel cashed in seven of the 10 events, picking up two wins, three fourth-place finishes, as well as a fifth and sixth-place finish. He earned $1,396,800 for his efforts and now has lifetime cashes of $12,888,684. Poker Masters $50K Payouts Sam Soverel - $680,000 Chris Hunichen - $442,000 Elio Fox - $272,000 Stephen Chidwick - $170,000 Seth Davies - $136,000 Purple Jacket Final Standings Sam Soverel - 1160 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450
  10. A new addition to the Poker Masters schedule for 2019, the $10,000 Big Bet Mix featuring a rotation of No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Deuce to Seven drew 52 runners and at the end of it all, Julien Martini had his first win of 2019 over a talented group of players.[ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Playing No Limit Deuce to Seven with blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Pedro Bromfman moved all-in for 450,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. Kahle Burns re-raised to 770,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"] and Jorryt van Hoof folded behind. Burns drew the [poker card="6s"] to make and 8-6 while Bromfan ended up with the [poker card="qs"] for Q-7 and was eliminated in sixth. Stephen Chidwick started the final table with a massive chip lead but after just an hour and 40 minutes of play, he was all in for his tournament life. From UTG, Chidwick moved all-in for 930,000 with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] and Sam Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"] to eliminate Chidwick in fifth place. Unfortunately for Soverel, that pot wasn't able to propel him to victory. Down to under a million, Soverel moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Burns called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"]. Soverel drew the [poker card="jc"] and Burns stood pat to eliminate Soverel in fourth place. Another Duece hand resulted in the next elimination. From the button, van Hoof, who was down to just six big blinds, moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"]. Martini moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] and Burns called from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. Martini drew the [poker card="4d"] to make an 8-7, Burns patted his J-8, and van Hoof drew the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"] to double pair and was eliminated in third place. Martini started heads up with a 2-1 chip lead over Burns and it took less than an hour for the Frenchman to acquire all of the chips and he did it in heroic fashion. Playing No Limit Hold'em and with stacks nearly even, Martini raised to 450,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Burns defended with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Burns check-called Martini's bet of 200,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="2s"] river and Burns moved all-in for 2,200,000. Martini took just over a minute before calling to eliminate Burns and pick up his first live win since he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in June 2018. Final Table Payouts Julien Martini - $166,400 Kahle Burns - $109,200 Jorryt van Hoof - $72,800 Sam Soverel - $52,000 Stephen Chidwick - $41,600 Pedro Bromfman - $31,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $26,000 Erik Seidel - $20,800 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210
  11. There are now seven 2019 Poker Masters events in the books and seven different players have won titles. Sam Soverel became the seventh different player to win a Poker Masters title on Monday when he beat Sean Winter heads-up to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Soverel is now a realistic contender for the Purple Jacket with just three events remaining on the schedule. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Down to just 16 big blinds, Anthony Zinno raised to 90,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] and Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop gave both players a ten-high straight and Soverel called after Zinno moved all-in for 320,000. The [poker card="7d"] gave Soverel a jack-high straight and left Zinno drawing to a spade for a flush to stay alive. The [poker card="qh"] improved Soverel's unnecessarily to a queen-high straight and Zinno was eliminated in fifth place. Soverel raised to 65,000 from the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] and Kahle Burns defended his big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"] flop, Burns bet 175,000 and Soverel called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Soverel called again after Burns bet his last 40,000. The [poker card="ah"] river gave Soverel top two pair and eliminated Burns in fourth. Sean Winter then took his turn in widdling down the field. Winter called from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"], Soverel completed from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] before Wolff raised from the big blind to 120,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"]. Winter called and Soverel stepped out of the way. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Wolff trip tens while Winter ended up with a wrap. Wolff bet his last 195,000 and Winter called. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Winter a straight and when the [poker card="2s"] river failed to give Wolff a full house or better, he was eliminated in second place. Heads-up play began with Soverel holding 3,605,000 to Soverel's 1,495,000. It took Soverel nearly two hours to put a bow on his first Poker Masters title and fourth cash of the series. On the final hand, Winter raised to 240,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8h"] and Soverel defended with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked. The [poker card="2s"] fell on the turn and Winter bet 260,000. Soverel raised to 1,070,000 and Winter took some time before calling all-in. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board to eliminate Winter as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Sam Soverel - $340,000 Sean Winter - $221,000 George Wolff - $136,000 Kahle Burns - $85,000 Anthony Zinno - $68,000 Along with the $340,000 score, Soverel also picked up 300 points towards the Purple Jacket and now sits within striking distance of the current leader, Chance Kornuth. Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 630 Sam Soverel - 570 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini -300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sean Winter - 270
  12. Last month Kahle Burns was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic winning the first two World Series of Poker bracelets of his career at WSOP Europe. On Wednesday he was in Las Vegas taking down his first Poker Masters title by beating Ali Imsirovic heads-up in Event #9 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em). The win was Burns' third cash of the 2019 Poker Masters and moved him into second place in the Poker Masters Championship standings behind only Sam Soverel with just the $50,000 NLHE event left to play. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final six players played for over 90 minutes before the first elimination. From middle position, Sean Winter moved all-in for 360,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] and action folded to David Peters in the big blind who called all-in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] runout gave Winter two pair and Peters was out in sixth. It took another 45 minutes before five players became four. From the button, Burns moved all-in for 1,350,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] and Elio Fox called all-in from the big big blind [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Fox in control, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Burns on top and the [poker card="jh"] was unable to save Fox from his fifth-place finish. Soverel entered the final table with the chance to lock up the Purple Jacket. All he needed to do was win Event #9 and none of the other contenders would have been able to catch him. Unfortunately for Soverel, but fortunately for poker fans hoping for a race to the finish, that didn't come to fruition. Imsirovic and Winter folded before Burns raised all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Soverel called all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Soverel no help but the [poker card="td"] turn gave him an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="3h"] river failed to complete that draw and Soverel was eliminated in fourth place. Soverel added 120 points to his Poker Masters Championship points total to extend his overall lead for the Purple Jacket. It took just five minutes to get to heads-up play. Winter raised to 675,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"], Burns re-raised to 1,250,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and Winter called all-in. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"] to give Burns a full house and eliminate Winter in third place. Burns started heads-up play with a better than 5-1 chip lead over Imsirovic but over the course of 45 minutes, Imsirovic battled back to take a 2-1 lead. Burns was undeterred however and doubled back into the lead before putting the finishes touches on his first Poker Masters win. Imsirovic called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] before Burns raised to 395,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. Imsirovic responded by moving all-in for 2,005,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] gave Ismirovic top pair but gave Burns a flush draw. The [poker card="2s"] turn was safe for Imsirovic but Burns completed his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $416,500 Ali Imsirovic - $269,500 Sean Winter - $183,750 Sam Soverel - $122,500 Elio Fox - $98,000 David Peters - $73,500 Alex Foxen - $61,250 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 810 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450 George Wolff - 420 Alex Foxen - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300
  13. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In June, all eyes were on the 2019 WSOP, which kicked off with a bang that included the largest live poker tournament ever and Phil Ivey's return. WSOP Big 50’s Gigantic Turnout The first installment of the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in 'Big 50' tournament was one for the record books, literally. The tournament that was marketed to give comers from all levels a shot at WSOP glory did that and more, becoming the largest live poker tournament in history. The event attracted a field size of 28,474 entries, crushing the previous record of 22,374 entries set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus. Lance Bradley took a look at the record-breaking event to see how it stacks up against another monstrous tournaments, the number of unique entries versus reentries, and more. Nigerian-born Femi Fashakin turned a $500 entry into $1.147 million in the Big 50 and will forever be remembered for such an achievement. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Controversy at the WSOP The $50,000 High Roller tournament at the 2019 WSOP drew a lot of attention. Understandably so, given it’s huge buy-in and star-studded field. The resulting headlines were less than what was desired, though, as a bit of controversy came about. With four players left in the tournament, Sam Soverel opened with a raise, Dmitry Yurasov moved all in, Andrew Lichtenberger folded, and then Ben Heath asked for a count. While thinking, Heath tossed in a time bank card and Soverel, who might’ve thought the time bank card was Heath’s actual playing cards, quickly folded his hand. This allowed Heath to think through his decision without having to worry about what Soverel was going to do as the original raiser. Yurasov was not happy with Soverel’s play, as were many people on Twitter, including Isaac Haxton. Phil Ivey Returns Guess who’s back? Phil Ivey’s back! It seems that every summer the poker world is waiting to see if Phil Ivey will return to the WSOP tournament tables or not. In 2019, he returned a week into June, kicking things off with the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. The poker world was buzzing with his return to the series, but it’d have to until about a week later for him to get back on the WSOP scoreboard by cashing in the $800 NL Deep Stack. Ivey went on to cash five times at the WSOP in the summer and twice more at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival in Rozvadov. His best finish in Las Vegas was an eighth-place result in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $124,410. Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life Jason Young has had his fair share of success on the poker felt, with more than $1.2 million in live tournament earnings and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his credit. Despite all of that, it was a victory off the felt that proved to be the biggest win of his life. After Young and his girlfriend welcomed their daughter, Kaeley, into the world, things took a turn for the worse. His girlfriend abruptly moved to Florida, away from their home in New York, and she took the daughter with her. Young’s restaurant was lost and he fell into big debt. Through it all, Young kept fighting. He was fighting for his daughter and fighting to get his life back in order. Along the way, poker helped Young get things back together, and the story on Young by Lance Bradley is an absolute must-read. Chidwick, Engel, Schwartz All Wins Bracelets The conversation of who is the best player without a WSOP gold bracelet lost three key figures in the summer of 2019. That’s when Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel, and Luke Schwartz all claimed their first pieces of WSOP hardware and can no longer be referred to as the "Best Player Without a Bracelet." To make things even more exciting, all three won their first gold bracelet on the same day.
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